Esteban Ureña-Benavides, Ph.D.

Esteban Ureña-Benavides, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

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Dr. Ureña-Benavides is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Before joining UTSA, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi. His research interests are centered around controlling the physicochemical properties of nanoparticles via molecular scale manipulation of interfacial interactions. Bio-based, inorganic, and hybrid nanoparticles are carefully designed to induce their assembly into nano and microscale structures in fluid and solid matrices. The main applications currently studied in Dr. Ureña-Benavides lab are underground sequestration of supercritical CO2, development of thermo-piezoelectric materials, and design of low energy chemical separations.

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Educational Background

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Clemson University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Research Interests

  • Colloids and surface science
  • Stimuli-responsive Nanocomposites
  • Underground sequestration of CO2
  • Processing and design of "green" nanoparticles
  • Sustainable chemical processes

Areas of Teaching Interests

  • Colloids and Surface Science
  • Sustainable Chemical Process Design 
  • Flow in Porous Media